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Hitches with a body lift.....

would this hitch work since my bumper is up 3" with the body lift.....it is for a Ranger with a roll pan, but a roll pan is in about the same location of my bumer now on a truck without a body lift.........i would prefer not to have to modify a hitch if i could....

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Based off the design of my hitch, it looks like it will work great!

It is level with the frame-rails. So take a look at your truck's frame rails and see how they line up. It would suck if it didn't fit, but I personally WOULD take the chance.

I'm about to raise mine up by mounting it on the bottom of the top frame rail, it's something to think about...I have a draw-tite.
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in that picture, it looks like it is upside down...i think i am going to order it and see if it will fit......then everybody else will know who has a body lift....
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in that picture, it looks like it is upside down...i think i am going to order it and see if it will fit......then everybody else will know who has a body lift....
I agree. It may fit, it may not.

My thinking is this...

If it is made for a roll pan, it comes out the license plate on a non/bl truck. So if it is 3" lower than the license plate (center of the plate) then it should be perfectly under the bumper. Thats just my thinking.

You could also remove the back half of the tire carrier and mount a draw-tite or hidden hitch and mount it on the *bottom* of the top frame rail. It works perfectly that way too.
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I've got a 3" BL, I wanna get a hitch, but I don't want it to look goofy with that gap in the back. Any hitches that miunt higher?
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That hitch is what I suggested another member try a while back because he was going thru the same thing. (wanted a hitch but had a body lift) I agree with the above, it may or may not. If it doesn't, you can return it, right?
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That hitch is what I suggested another member try a while back because he was going thru the same thing. (wanted a hitch but had a body lift) I agree with the above, it may or may not. If it doesn't, you can return it, right?
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sounds like a good idea to me
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That hitch is what I suggested another member try a while back because he was going thru the same thing. (wanted a hitch but had a body lift) I agree with the above, it may or may not. If it doesn't, you can return it, right?
yea i can return it.......

i guess i will be the gunney pig
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no no no. its for a roll pan, there for it sits alot further back from the edge of the bumper.

get the tube style hidden hitch. Zach has one, and i think grant does too those look good with the body lift.
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got any pictures of it?
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um... let me see if i can find one
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thanks.....i cancled the hitch from summit till i see what that looks likes...
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IMO this one looks the best. Just need to do a little custom mounting.
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http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2003_F...ger+Pickup.htm

I have the draw-tite hitch

Mounted it on top of the framerails so it wouldn't hang down since I have a body lift.

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pic of my hitch with the body lift



How its mounted. Take note though, that I had to cut out the back of the spare tire holder and do some minor trimming to the frame to make it fit. Im happy with the result though.


but this one does not look bad either
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IMO this one looks the best. Just need to do a little custom mounting.






but this one does not look bad either
i like them both, but i am not a fan of mounting the hitch on the top frame rail like that....

i wonder were Grant got his hitch.....and what model # it is...
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shiz..i just raised mine up being the skilled fabricator that i am..lol
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they are basically the same hitch just different mounting spots

3rd on down
http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2003_F...ger+Pickup.htm
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wonder what the difference is between the Hidden Hitch and the Draw-Tight.......except for the DrawTight cost more...
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and that is cheaper than Summits.......shipping is only $.99.......
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i heard the same company makes both
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just ordered a hidden hitch........hopefully it will look good.......if i have to i will put it on top of the frame....don't want too but i will if i have to...
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i heard the same company makes both
and 1 is $30 cheaper....what gives i wonder....
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What type is that one? And did it take any fab work either?How much can it tow?
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What type is that one? And did it take any fab work either?How much can it tow?
that used to be HazzardJohns truck when i found some pics about hidden hitches he posted that it is a DrawTite hitch at it is not modified.

it is also rated to tow the same amount as the stock one.
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I have the draw tite, as well as Kevoo. I love it, IMO perfect height for my truck. I can use a 6" drop hitch and be at a nice level for towing. I am going to raise mine up to the bottom of the top frame rail though.

Just a tip, w/ the hidden, your going to NEED to raise it to the bottom of the top frame rail or it will be hanging down all ugly. Trust me, I almost bought that one until I saw pics of it just on a NON bl truck..it hangs like a stock one on the non BL truck.
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